Monday, September 21, 2020

Wakefield tech business secures £3m to scale up

A Wakefield-based tech business which promises mission critical transport management and eProcurement software has secured £3 million to accelerate development and scale up.

Led by founder & CEO Sarah Fatchett, former Operations Director for Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, 365 Response has created the first integrated digital platform that supports the buying, booking and delivery of vital patient and home-to-school transport services.

The business provides a specialist transport management service for councils and the NHS, and also has a standalone software platform that facilitates social prescribing.

The 365 Smart Platform is currently used by a range of organisations from ambulance trusts and local authority councils, to smaller private transport and wellbeing providers, and is helping to support the mobility needs of some of the most vulnerable members of society.

With growing momentum being seen across the business, the investment from growth capital investor BGF will be used to accelerate the development of the technology platform and support the scale up of 365’s commercial and operational teams.

Ms Fatchett said: “When we started the business there were clear gaps in how special needs schools and hospitals were managing transport services.

“Our business is based on getting care to people who need it as quickly and efficiently as possible and this investment is going to fast track the roll out of our technology while also expanding the team to make that vision a reality.

“BGF clearly understood our mission and the pressing need for a technology-based solution to make specialist transport services as efficient as possible.”

Rob Johnson, an investor at BGF led the deal with Barry Jackson, said: “We are excited to be working with 365 Response. This is a highly experienced team, with a well-thought out product that fulfils a clear and increasing demand for smart, compliant, and affordable transport services to both councils and the NHS.”

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